you can help to ensure victory for your presidential candidate. for a few dollars more, maybe 86 cents you can ensure he has a helpful majority in congress, too. what a bargain! government for sale for the low, low price of $26.86 a second. of course, these dollars don't buy votes directly, they buy fancy rallies, irritating phone calls, direct mailing and tv ads. 900,000 ads have aired in the general election race for the president so far. in the first weeks of this month, that means 112,000 pro president obama ads blanketed the air adds and 97,000 pro romney ads reached your television sets. a 45% increase from the number that ran in 2008. for the next ten days, 43,000 political ads will air each day. but with numbers this big, nearly $27 a second, maybe we've reached saturation.